How to Build Your Brand on Instagram | GROW Nebraska’s FREE Online Training

How to Build Your Brand on Instagram | GROW Nebraska’s FREE Online Training

GROW Nebraska’s® FREE Online Training

How to Build Your Brand on Instagram

How to Livestream Your Business to New Customers

If you are not utilizing or monetizing Instagram currently, you are already behind the competition!

As a business, you should have a strong social media presence, and Instagram needs to be a part of that presence. Instagram reaches 140 million users inside the US, and 81% of people use the platform to research products or services. If your business isn’t in the mix – you’re missing out.

Join Liz Friesen as she discusses the importance of Instagram and how to boost your credibility and leverage while building your social brand and scaling your business.

Sign up to attend live and/or get the recording afterward!

DATE: Oct. 21

TIME: Noon – 1:00 p.m. CST

LOCATION: Live Stream

COST: Free! Must register to receive call-in details and recording.

This webinar is presented by Liz Friesen. From the small town of Hampton, Nebraska – CEO of Social Impact and Wifi Money Mentor Liz Friesen is making massive strides in the business world. Featured in Business Insider & Yahoo Finance as THE social media guru, Liz helps entrepreneurs and corporations of all sizes step into their social brand and scale their business utilizing the power of social media. Her mission to help create more 6 & 7 figure individuals is well underway!

This training is brought to you in part by the Center for Rural Affairs. Its mission is to “Establish strong rural communities, social and economic justice, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities.”

GROW Nebraska to kick off Training Tip Tuesdays April 6

GROW Nebraska to kick off Training Tip Tuesdays April 6

GROW Nebraska to kick off Training Tip Tuesdays April 6

The GROW Nebraska Foundation and the new GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center in Omaha are partnering with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Center for Entrepreneurship to bring established or aspiring entrepreneurs short, approachable training sessions through social media.

These Training Tip Tuesday sessions will be held live at noon through Grow Nebraska’s Instagram, @buynebraska, every first and fourth Tuesday of the month.

The first Training Tip Tuesday event will kick off at 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 6.

Designed to easily flow into the lunch break of a busy small business owner, these sessions will bring highly-relevant and easily applicable advice to anyone who tunes in.

By using Instagram Stories as the training platform, the information will not be limited to GROW Nebraska members or even users located within the state. Anyone who follows @buynebraska will be able to view the training, either live or in the 24 hours following the event, reaching a potentially endless audience. The sessions will also be saved on Instagram TV. 

“GROW Nebraska is thrilled to be working with business development experts like Umeda Islamova and Candice Price. These women are experts in their field, and will surely bring a wealth of knowledge to Training Tip Tuesday in an easily-digestible format as viewers munch on lunch,” said Tiffany Stoiber, Director of Marketing and Business Development for GROW Nebraska.

Umeda IslamovaIslamova is the Director of Business Consulting at the Center for Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Neb. There, she provides guidance, mentorship and resources to students, staff, faculty, and community businesses including strategy, marketing, financial management, sales growth and HR resources.

Prior to her current role, Islamova coached more than 300 businesses as the Center Director for Nebraska Business Development Center and was awarded the America’s Small Business Development Center State Star. She also has worked in product management and operations management at ISoft Data Systems, commercialization and marketing at NUtech Ventures, and research assistantship at the Center for Entrepreneurship. She has also ran a few retail businesses and currently owns a global online retail shop.

Candice PricePrice is the Director of GROW Nebraska’s new Women’s Business Center in Omaha, Neb. In addition to that role, she is the proud owner of two businesses in Omaha: Home Team Auto Sales, an auto dealership, and Sapphire Grill, a local food service company. She is also a licensed Real-Estate Broker in the state of Nebraska, an independent insurance adjuster licensed in six states, and a Notary Public commissioned in the state of Nebraska.

Price is a member of the New Leaders Council, a national organization, and Leadership Omaha. She also sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the Omaha Municipal Land Bank; Omaha 100; Family Housing Advisory Services; and the Metro Omaha Women’s Business Center.

“We are so excited about announcing our expansion with the GROW Nebraska Women’s Business Center in Omaha and delivering training tips that are right on the mark,” said GROW Nebraska CEO Janell Anderson Ehrke. “We know people are on their social media numerous times during the day. Why not provide them with a quick training tip to help build their business?  We are so grateful to our innovative board and sponsors that continue to help us create opportunities like Training Tip Tuesday.” 

No registration is necessary to view Training Tip Tuesday. Participants only need to follow GROW Nebraska on instagram, @buynebraska. Open the app at noon on each training day and look at the top of the Home tab to find the live feed.

The first session with Islamova on April 6 will focus on social media demographics.

To suggest a topic to be covered on a Training Tip Tuesday, email

New Partnerships Help to Launch Training Tip Tuesdays!

New Partnerships Help to Launch Training Tip Tuesdays!

New Partnerships Help to Launch Training Tip Tuesdays!


Entrepreneurs seeking a little inspiration and education are encouraged to visit GROW Nebraska’s Instagram page each Tuesday at noon for Training Tips Tuesday.

Umeda Islamova, director of business consulting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Entrepreneurship, leads Training Tips Tuesday by giving quick 10-minute lessons each week on how to grow a business. The UNL center where she works offers mentorships, workshops, competition and funding opportunities to help businesses grow.

Umeda said she contacted GROW Nebraska to see what support she could offer the GROW community. From that conversation, the idea was born to create short videos on strategies to grow businesses.


“The goal is to give business owners short tidbits without having to take too much of their time and without overwhelming them with lots of action items,” Umeda said. “We want to give business owners just one or two things to do so they continue to develop their businesses without putting in too much effort. Slow and steady wins the race.”

The trainings, which started in late August, cover topics such as branding, finding clients, and understanding profit and loss statements. Umeda instructs all of the classes.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to speak to everyone,” Umeda said. “Developing Nebraska businesses is my passion, and I’m happy to be working with other organizations who support this mission.”

Jessie Harris, GROW’s marketing and business development director, said the new training videos are also part of an overall strategy to increase Instagram use among GROW businesses.

“We want to grow our Instagram platform and promote Instagram take-overs, so using the live feature helps people to keep checking our page and promotes staying active and being an engaged follower of GROW Nebraska,” Jessie said. “We are super excited about this collaboration, and look to host more Instagram take-overs from other businesses.”

If you happen to miss Training Tips Tuesdays, the videos are recorded and can be viewed anytime by clicking on GROW’s Instagram page on the IGtv link. Business owners who want to ask questions must attend the live Instagram training.

GROW Nebraska® Foundation is a statewide non-profit training and marketing organization. Serving over 400 Nebraska small businesses, the organization provides marketing opportunities, education, and training to launch and connect Nebraska businesses to the global marketplace. GROW Nebraska’s educational programs receive federal and state funding, along with generous support from foundations and individual donors.